Status update of October 15, 2021
 

Dear employees and guests,

with the current modification of the Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the regulations in the private and public sector are again adjusted. Since September 16, unvaccinated persons have been restricted, and these limitations have been tightened in the amended version of October 15. Accordingly, there is a 2G option model for the whole of Baden-Württemberg for the public and private sectors in several steps.

Regulations of the Basic, Warning and Alert Stage in Baden-Württemberg

Basic Stage

In the basic stage, the 2G option model applies. Currently, the state of Baden-Württemberg is in this basic state. Organizers and caterers can decide to admit only vaccinated and recovered persons. In this case, there are no restrictions on the number of persons and guests do not have to wear masks. However, the mask requirement remains for employees of these venues. Under the 2G restriction, public events of up to 25,000 people can be permitted since October 15.

Compulsory testing for all unvaccinated individuals

As of October 15, tightened Corona testing requirements apply to unvaccinated employees in organizations with public access. Employees must be tested for corona virus twice a week. Vaccinated and recovering employees are not required to be tested. Prior to October 15, such mandatory testing for unvaccinated employees with outside contact only applied when the corona situation in Baden-Württemberg worsened significantly, i.e., at the so-called warning and alert stages.

Obligations of the Warning Stage

The warning stage comes into effect when 250 intensive care beds are occupied by Covid 19 patients for two consecutive working days - or when eight out of 100,000 residents have been admitted to a hospital with Corona symptoms within five days. For the unvaccinated, public events, museums, theaters, cinemas or restaurants can then only be visited with a negative PCR test. PCR tests must be paid for by the individual. A rapid antigen test is no longer sufficient.

In addition, contact restrictions are in effect during the warning level for the unvaccinated and those who are not proven to have recovered. A household is allowed to meet with five other people. Couples are considered one household, even if they do not live together. In addition to recovered and vaccinated persons, children and adolescents up to and including age 17 and persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt from the number of persons and PCR testing requirement.

Compulsions of the Alert Stage

The alert level is invoked when there are more than 390 occupied ICU beds for two consecutive business days with Corona patients or when the hospitalization incidence is twelve for five consecutive business days. Then, in addition to the rules from the warning level, the 2G rule also applies in many areas. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or shown to be recovering is then not allowed in there - even with a negative PCR test.

The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine provides daily updated charts about the current situation on hospitalization and ICU occupation. For the state of Baden-Württemberg, for example, please consult the upper right graph which reflects on the daily situation at ICUs.
 

Mandatory testing for unvaccinated employees

The Corona Ordinance, which has been amended as of October 15, imposes a testing requirement starting at the basic stage for employees who have regular contact to external persons, e.g., customer contact, contact with suppliers, external guests, etc. Recovered and vaccinated persons are exempt from mandatory testing. Non-vaccinated employees are required by regulation to keep evidence of two weekly tests for four weeks and to make these available to the relevant health authorities upon request.

We ask all non-vaccinated employees at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen to comply with this testing obligation twice a week by all means as soon as the warning or alert stage comes into effect. The testing centers on campus are available without restriction.

Testing procedure at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

  • Non-vaccinated employees must test themselves twice a week, regardless of their attendance time at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen.
  • Fully vaccinated as well as recovered persons may test themselves, but are not obliged to do so.


Wearing of masks in all shared indoor areas

  • Masks must be worn whenever a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.
  • Thus, inside buildings, the existing rules for wearing a mask still apply.
  • On campus grounds, masks do not have to be worn outside of buildings.


Regulations for events, gatherings, meetings and conferences

 

EVENT FORMAT

Virtual

"Zero G" model

3G model

2G model

Hybrid

Protective measures

Not applicable

AHA+L

Face coverings do not need to be worn at the fixed workstation, if a distance of > 1.5m is guaranteed

AHA+L

Face coverings do not need to be worn at the fixed workstation, if a distance of > 1.5m is guaranteed

Face coverings and distancing are not required, if all those in attendance meet the requirements of 2G; regular ventilation recommended

For physically present persons, the requirements in the respective column of this table apply depending on the chosen G model

Duty to provide information about vaccination status

Not applicable

NO

NO

YES

For vaccinated or recovered individuals present in person

Obligation to get tested

regardless of status

Not applicable

Not applicable

Possible for guests under the house rules

Not applicable

Evidence of status:

  • evidence of vaccination or
  • evidence of recovery
  • or test
 

Not applicable

NO

YES

All guests present must submit evidence of one of the three variants without being requested to do so

YES,

ONLY through evidence of vaccination or recovery and must be submitted by all persons present without them being requested to do so

Reviewing the evidence

Not applicable

Not applicable

YES

Visual inspection of vaccination certificate, testing certificate or evidence of recovery

Test results may only be stored for 14 days

YES

Visual inspection of vaccination certificate or evidence of recovery upon entry but data not saved

Notes:

"Zero-G": No evidence required whether vaccinated, recovered or tested
3G: Evidence required of testing, vaccination or recovery
2G: Evidence required of vaccination or recovery
AHA+L: Distancing – hand hygiene – face covering + ventilation

The 2G model may only be operationally necessary at events, gatherings, meetings or conferences, if individuals are also given the option to attend based on a hybrid variant.
This procedure is intended to ensure that virtual attendance does not lead to disadvantages in the employment relationship. At the same time, virtual participation does not mean that individuals do not meet the 2G criteria. Virtual participation may be chosen for a variety of reasons, e.g. to avoid travel, clashes with other meetings etc. There is no requirement to disclose the reasons.
Participation in the 2G model during attendance must be voluntary for MPG employees; this is the main basis to ensure that employees are not forced to provide information about their vaccination status. Reason: For reasons relating to data protection law, employers are notpermitted to ask about their employees' vaccination status.


Hygiene concepts for events with ten or more people

  • Hygiene concepts must be submitted for meetings with more than 10 people and should include the following information:
  • Meetings should be kept as short as possible and must end by 10:00 p.m., if not earlier.
  • No beverages with high alcohol content may be consumed.
  • Organizers must ensure that spacing and sanitation rules are followed at all times.
  • The appropriate hygiene policy form can be downloaded here and in the sidebar to the right.


Mobile working and business trips

  • Tasks that can be handled effectively and efficiently from home should be able to be performed in the home office in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Travel to risk areas must remain a well-justified exception.
  • The Robert Koch Institute continuously defines COVID-19 risk areas. We ask all employees to consult the RKI service pages before undertaking personal travel abroad or welcoming new employees and guests from abroad to the Tübingen campus.
  • Persons entering Germany from risk areas must follow the guidelines issued by the German authorities and the Tübingen Campus. For business trips abroad, clearance must be obtained from the central crisis team of the Max Planck Society: krisenstab@gv.mpg.de.


The Max Planck House and its cafeteria and canteen is again open for guests, but please note that the Max Planck House is not available for a quarantine stay.

Children at the Tübingen Campus are required to wear masks from the age of six. The general regulations of supervision and the requirements of occupational health and safety must be observed.

Hotlines

Infection protection Tübingen:
07071 2073600

Alternatively, make use of the following email address: infektionsschutz(at)kreis-tuebingen.de
Describe your case, leave your contact details or personal data and note that you wish an English speaking contact person to call back.

Doctor on call:
116 117

Mobile testing unit:

CeGat company premises @TTR campus (5 minutes walk from Max Planck Institutes)
Mon - Fri 13.00 to 17.00, Sat 09.00 - 13.00
Questions: corona@cegat.de or phone 07071 565 44 20.

There is a corona fever ambulance at the Tübingen fairground "Festplatz"Opening hours: Mo-Sa 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

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